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Authentic German Home Style Recipes Plastic Comb – November, 1997


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Product Details

  • Plastic Comb: 290 pages
  • Publisher: B. G. Youngkrantz Company; 4 edition (November 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939593041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939593040
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"German-born Gini Youngkrantz is such a good cook that she can't entertain without guests asking for her recipes.

They wondered how she goes about making her cabbage and potatoes, her homemade German noodles and her stollens.

...Her first edition came out in 1986 and she continues to update and add new recipes. The fourth and most recent edition contains the bread recipes she had been reluctant to include.

'Bread is the hardest, that's why I never put the bread recipes in the book,' she said. 'Even when I made the bread, I had to do it more than once.'

But the majority of the recipes are simple and her directions, easy to follow..." -- Belleville News-Democrat, Belleville, IL

"New book helps Americans to cook like Germans do

Gini Youngkrantz, who grew up in Heidelberg, Germany, and is married to a retired American serviceman, published her first edition of her cookbook 'Authentic German Home Style Recipes' in 1986.

She and her husband Bob printed 1,000 copies, and when the book was reviewed by the Army Times, a military newspaper, copies sold out in record time. Since then more than 52,000 copies of Youngkrantz's cookbook have been sold in the United States and Germany. Most are sold in military-post and base exchanges. In Germany, the book is on the best-seller category.

...'It's a simple book - with recipes that are easy and don't need any special ingredients,' she explained." -- The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO

About the Author

Gini Youngkrantz was born in Heidelberg, Germany and began her cooking experiences at age 4. Once she completed high school she attended professional cooking classes as a part of her hotel management training. She has now been cooking for over 56 years. Her cookbook is used by German restaurants in the United States to prepare their menus.

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Customer Reviews

I like the home publishing and the really good home cooking.
Jessie R. Smith Jr.
The information on various holidays brought a smile to my face and wonderful memories of years gone by.
Maria J Miller
My son got married recently and I'm going to give them their own book.
Debra Stansell (cardzo@aol.com)

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 17, 1999
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I have just read this book cover to cover (something you just never do with cookbooks!). It was easy to read and had a wonderful touch of homey-ness with its quotes, histories, and helpful hints. And that's just window dressing to the recipes themselves! I've cooked german food for years now, and having looked at the recipes in this book, I find most to be very straightforward and well-documented. Gotta go... I'm about to diving into my kitchen with book in hand. :)
Thanks, Gini... great work!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Debra Stansell (cardzo@aol.com) on October 18, 1999
Format: Plastic Comb
I bought my first book when we were stationed in Germany. Then I bought one for my mom and sister-in-law. My son got married recently and I'm going to give them their own book. Try the bee sting cake. It's great. I wish that she would do another book with different recipes. If she does I'll sure buy one.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Wagner on August 7, 2005
Format: Plastic Comb
I bought an earlier edition of this book when I was stationed in Berlin back in the 80's. It was written by a German Woman who had moved to the US and could not easily find the ingredients her original German cookbooks called for. The goulash soup in this book is the closest I've ever come to the restaurants in Germany. This is not a professional chefs book. It was made for the home cook who wants to make dishes like they've had in Germany.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GalaxyJane on August 17, 2007
Format: Plastic Comb
I bought this book just before ETSing from the Army in 1999. After three years in Bavaria, I knew that one of the things I would miss most was the wonderful food.

Mrs. Youngkrantz does a fantastic job translating traditional German dishes for the American cook. She avoids hard-to-find ingredients. Everything in the book can be prepared with items you can buy in any supermarket, yet it all tastes completely authentic. I pull this one out for special occasion baking and for everyday suppers (I particularly love the Sauerbraten, prepared with a side of homemade Spaetzle). Anytime I get homesick for Germany, I know that I can turn to this book for, at least, a taste of what I miss.

The book is well organized and the recipes are set up in an easy to read format. They are usually contained to one page, so there's no flipping back and forth. The occasional anecdotes about German folklife are charming. I enjoy this cookbook so much that I have given copies as gifts.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2004
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I bought this book at Milwaukee's Germanfest several years ago, and I consider it a lucky find. The quotes and information about German holidays and customs, are just delightful! And the recipes bring back many memories of time we spent in Germany.
It is worth getting the book for the brötchen recipe alone. We thought we'd never see good brötchen outside of Germany. Now we can make it at home!
I especially appreciated having this book when I was preparing holiday meals for my now-late German-born father-in-law. He was very pleased as well.
The recipes are easy to follow and use ingredients that are easy to find in America. The binding allows you to open the book and lay it down flat - very handy while you're cooking.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H.C.Morgan on February 24, 2003
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Finally, a cookbook that contains the recipes for some of the foods that I grew up with. I highly recommend this book. The first recipe I tried was the mischbrot. WOW!!! It turned out exactly as I remembered the fresh and aromatic loaf of bread that I picked up from the neighborhood baker in Germany. All of the other recipes are faithfully authentic (from my point of view) even tho some do not include the necessary caraway seeds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maria J Miller on May 31, 2008
Format: Plastic Comb
Finally a cookbook from the region of Germany where I was born. So many of the recipes, especially their German names bring back memories of my mother cooking. I guess you could call it "German comfort food." The information on various holidays brought a smile to my face and wonderful memories of years gone by. My children always enjoyed Oma's cooking and now will be able to cook, just like Oma. Thank you Gini for bringing a small part of Germany to America.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nickie Cochran on February 28, 2012
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I am originally from the Heidelberg area and have lived in the US for many, many years now. Over the years, I've missed some of my German grandma's home-style cooking, so I bought this cookbook several years ago and still love cooking with it today. As a matter of fact, there's not a page I haven't written on or highlighted the extra-special recipes.

As I first flipped through the pages, not only was I thrilled with the everyday recipes, which are well known in the Heidelberg area, the ones I grew up with, but the author even goes a step further by describing holiday traditions and German customs, stuff I had almost forgotten about over the years.

Another big plus is that it was written in English with American ingredients and measurements, so I bought this book for my daughter when she went off to college, my mother-in-law, and other friends who've been to Germany and missed the food.

My version was comb bound, so it stays open flat on the counter when I'm cooking with it. It's so much more efficient than having to hold the page down with a can of sauerkraut to keep the pages from turning, as I have to with bound cookbooks. I don't know if that has changed, though.

About the not so favorable reviews, this is meant to be a practical book for everyday German cooking. Not every recipe is supposed to be gourmet, so when a can of peas and carrots is listed as an ingredient, that's how I grew up eating it. Just like in the States, we use short-cuts in Germany, too. As a matter of fact, yes, the real thing is nice, but I still get a feeling of nostalgia, when I eat canned peas and carrots as a side or alone, topped with butter and sprinkled with some salt and pepper. JUST LIKE IT WAS AT HOME! Can't get more authentic than that!!!
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